My first pair of football boots was from Puma, when I was 13. But, for the longest time, the now-defunct Adidas Predator had been my favourite due to its comfort and curling ability.
I went back to using Puma boots two years ago, when the company released its evoPower 1.2 FG. It was lightweight, protective and comfortable, whether I was dribbling or kicking the ball.
There is now a new member in the evoPower series - the evoPower Vigor 1.
Looks-wise, it is not really striking except for its bright green exterior. But it is the first in the evoPower family to feature a stretchable Spandex sock construction for an ultra-comfortable slip-on boot with barefoot feeling.
Some football boots with such sock construction do not have shoe tongues and shoelaces.
MATERIAL: Puma's AccuFoam and Adap-Lite upper with GripTex technology
WEIGHT: 205g (US 9 Men's)
VALUE FOR MONEY: 3/5
The Vigor 1 does not have the shoe tongue too, so it is easy to wear it by slipping your feet in. But it retains the shoelaces, and this helps to secure the foot in place, prevents slippage and ensures maximum comfort.
I was surprised at how comfortable it felt right from the start, when I wore it for a futsal game.
The Spandex upper, which stretches according to your foot shape and how thick your socks are, felt terrific. Plus, the boots are really lightweight.
There are foam dots on the boots' upper to regulate the uneven surface when the foot comes into contact with the ball, for maximum precision.
Puma's GripTex technology is applied to the upper for better grip and ball control. You will notice the difference immediately, as it really lets your foot feel the ball. Don't blame these shoes if you have a poor first touch on the field.
With these boots, I found my ball control much better than with my previous boots, whether dribbling or passing.
In addition, the Vigor 1 upper's stretchable microfibre materials support the bio-mechanics of the foot while striking the ball, for better power and precision.
Striking a ball with power has never been my forte (that's why I usually play as a winger or full-back). Yet, this pair of boots allowed me to strike the ball with more power than usual and I scored a goal for the first time in two years.
My only complaint is the lack of swerve when I tried to curl a ball or deliver a cross, compared with the Adidas Predator series.
Plus, the Vigor 1 is rather expensive at over $300, which makes it a hefty investment if you are just a weekend warrior.
• Verdict: Whether you are a professional footballer playing in the big league or a weekend warrior playing in your neighbourhood futsal court, you will want maximum comfort and control. And that is why you will want to get the Puma evoPower Vigor 1.